NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
Evangel Christian Academy has had the good fortune to be the only High School in America to have had two Gatorade National Player of the Year Award Winners. There have been a long line of successfull Quarterbacks that have come through the program in the History of ECA Football, but these two young men acheived the Nations highest accolade because they truly were a step above everyone else in the land.
Josh Booty - 1993
When his senior season was finished, Josh had thrown for 11,700 yards. He was the first to ever throw for more than 10,000 yards in high school football history. In doing so, he also threw for 126 touchdowns.
He did all of this despite missing the last four games of his senior year because of a broken hand. In 1993 he was named USA Today Offensive Player of the Year, National High School Player of the Year by at least six associations, including Parade and the Football News, and was the #1 rated QB in Louisiana the same year Peyton Manning was a senior.
Brock Berlin - 1999
When it comes down to numbers, Berlin has some of the most impressive for a high school quarterback. All told, he passed for more than eight miles in yardage.
Berlin threw for 4,654 yards, 54 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a sophomore. As a junior, Berlin's totals were 4,834 and 54 more touchdowns. Finally, in his senior season, he passed for 4,219 yards and 36 touchdowns, yielding just eight interceptions. His career totals were 13,707 yards with 144 touchdowns. During that time frame he also carried a 3.8 GPA.
From his sophmore campaign through his senior season, the Eagles were undeafeated on the field going 45-0. In that span, ECA football deafeated some powerhouse teams from Texas like Dallas Carter, Tyler Lee, and Marshall. They also toppled in state giants West Monroe and John Curtis with Berlin at the helm.